|Horses are in there. HORSES, I tell you. Also, how's that for a blue sky?|
Domäne Mechtildshausen is an enormous organic farm surrounded by gorgeous rolling green hills (and the US military air base). The farm produces meat from their own pigs, sheep and cows; they also offer poultry; they make their own dairy products; the grow fruit and vegetables and make their own jam and wine too. All of it organic. There's an on-site bakery, butcher's shop and an aircraft-hanger sized farmshop selling an array of home-grown herbs, fruit and veg plus a huge selection of wine, beer and various other organic/non-organic products ranging from beauty products and cookware to tiny leather children's slippers and very smart men's hats. It's rather impressive.
We strolled around admiring the houses the goats' live in plus the immaculate stables - not a straw of hay out of place - and wandered into the butcher's shop to gawp at tens of cured pig legs hanging from the ceiling and a truly fabulous selection of home-made sausages (amongst other things) at the glass counter. We lusted over a fabulous array of cakes and yoghurts in the bakery-cum-dairy-shop; we gazed with great interest at the rather expensive Mediterranean menu offered at the fancy-looking restaurant. We sat in the sunshine at the somewhat less expensive restaurant (though there's also a café) and sampled cheeses (Shoegirl) and wine punch with fresh strawberries in (me - totally by accident, I honestly thought I was ordering a bowl of fruit. What a happy mistake), wishing the ash cloud would once again halt the air traffic criss-crossing above us and render the otherwise bright blue skies unblemished.
I have returned home, however, to discover that my last psychology course assignment has been marked, which heralds the start of the next one... one that is particularly challenging. Best hold off on sampling my shiny new bottle of Domäne Mechtildshausen apple prosecco, then: back to rubbing those temples.
|Look, mum! Horses!|
|Hopefully not horses.|
|A wine for the lady; and a homemade Erdbeerbowle for me.|